Visas: Entry requirements to the UAE changes frequently, so do double-check all information by checking the official tourism website. Nearly all of Western Europe plus Australia, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA, will receive free on-the-spot visas on arrival in the UAE. Visas are valid for 30 days, with an additional grace period of 10 days. f you’re a citizen of a country not included in the list above, a visit visa must be arranged through a sponsor – such as your Dubai hotel or tour operator – prior to your arrival in the UAE.
Local transportation: Taxis are a great way for people to travel around Abu Dhabi if they don't have a car. The most common kind of taxi is the silver taxi. These can be flagged down anywhere in Abu Dhabi, and start at AED3.50.
Buses operates on 14 routes around the clock. The fare is Dh2 per ride.
A great way to get around Yas Island is aboard the free Yas Express, a shuttle bus that links major attractions at least once hourly on three routes.
Where to buy a SIM card: Du and Etisalat have shops in the arrival halls at Abu Dhabi airport where you can buy the SIM card right away. If you are in the city, you can buy the SIM card at any of the telco shops in major shopping malls.
Popular areas: The Corniche, Yas Island, Downtown
Popular food: Shawarma, Dishes with camel meat, Kunafa (Emirati version of a cheese danish)
Things not to do: When taking a taxi, don't get in the front if you are traveling alone as it might be seen as a sexual invitation. Avoid wearing shorts and miniskirts, low cut and transparent clothing, and avoid baring your midriff. Regular drinking should be done discretely. Alcohol can only really be found in hotel bars anyway, due to the strict Islamic laws in place. Don’t venture out and about drunk though, as being drunk in a public place is illegal. Be even more conservative in dress code and eating or drinking in public spaces during the month of Ramadan.
Abu Dhabi, a city where records are broken; here you'll find the fastest roller coaster, the tower with the greatest lean, the largest cluster of 21st century cultural buildings. Large gardens, boulevards, international luxury hotel chains and opulent shopping malls line the streets and roads. The largest city of the United Arab Emirates also offers a great introduction to Arabic culture. The Grand Mosque is a dazzling white marble landmark and is the only mosque open to non-muslims.
Women digital nomads should know that you won't be required to wear a buka, headscard or veil in Abu Dhabi. However, it is respectful to keep shoulders and knees covered. Emirati ladies will wear an Abaya, but it is not expected that foreign women follow suit. Western women who do not cover their shoulders may find men turning away from them; this is out of respect to the woman and not an act of judgement.
Abu Dhabi is not a digital nomad hotspot for many reasons: high cost of living, and a hot and humid weather.
The best period is November to March, when temperatures are in the low 30°Cs. From June to September, temperatures average 43°C with 95% humidity.
Coworking Spaces in Abu Dhabi
Cafes with wifi
Don't want to work at a coworking space? Check out these cafes with wifi instead.